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“Pretty Disappointed...Go to Balena” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig
500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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Ranked #25 of 8,382 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This is a new restaurant from the house of Bannos (owners of the infamously popular Heaven on Seven, here in Chicago). They have now opened what could affectionately be called the foodie tourists' dream come true, with everything from bone marrow to fried pig's ears and fresh ricotta as well as a nice selection of paninis, and of course, the wines. Not to mention: Its right on the Magnificent Mile!
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“Pretty Disappointed...Go to Balena”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I had very high hopes for this place given all I had heard. We stopped her twice over a three day weekend. Our first stop was just to pop in and check it out. This would be a different review, much more complimentary if we'd stopped after the first visit. However, our first stop was for a few drinks and to sample a few cheeses during the day. It wasn't too busy but we still had a to wait to get a spot at the bar, which was no big deal. The wine, drinks and cheese were great. Our bartenders were sassy but fun which fits well within the energetic ambiance of the place. We left saying, "we need to have dinner there." So we tried to make a reservation and couldn't. The told us for three people, we'd need to pop in and put our name in and would be looking at at least an hour wait, no matter how early we tried. "Okay," we said. It was a two hour wait and when they seated us, they put us in the far corner of the tent they use for delivery of food and other items. It was cool outside and a bit windy. They tents is light and air came in. The wall of the tent was leaning on the customers while they tried to talk and dine. "No problem," we said. It will get better. The server had no time for us. She didn't smile at us. She was rushed and cramped and struggling to get things done. We said, "well, she's working hard and will eventually warm up and take the time." That didn't happen at all. We got our food and it is good. They serve good food here, but given all the hype, I felt the full dining experience was very much lacking. There are places all over town where you might pay a little bit more and get a hell of a lot better. It's nice that it's on Michigan. There aren't many places like this on Michigan. But if you go, demand seats inside and someone who appreciates that you are there.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Porcine dishes for the taste buds and other goodies.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We were in Chicago for four days and ate one night at the Purple Pig,all things porcine We did not try the Pig’s ear but they have many items related to the pig on the menu .We split a quail that had the most delicious stuffing, And we split sweetbreads, And we also had a caesar salad that had small cooked quail eggs in it ,very good,I think the menu is very good and affordable.However it is not a restaurant with tables but benches and it is not a relaxing place to eat, Perhaps just to meet friends ,have a few drinks and share many items on the menu More for younger people . The food though was good but they need to create an atmosphere with more tables and chairs, Until they do that we probably will not go back

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Amasing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Wowwww !!! Thank you Purple Pig for a wonderful selection of inventive dishes !! We loved every thing in the restaurant, me and my friend Christi ! Overall an excellent experience. We will back again and again ! that's is sure :)

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Essential TIPS for Purple Pig”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

If you are in Chicago near MI Ave and you like "cheese, swine, and wine" then you MUST try the Purple Pig, but if you go consider these tips
1) Go early. They do not take reservations and it's not all that large inside. I went at 6 and it was already crowded
2) Go with at least 2 people, ideally 4. The reason is because they have so many things to choose from that if you go with others you can sample more things. (But don't bring too many people or you might not find a seat!)
3) Bring your appetite for adventure - sure you will find 'safe' things on the menu in the chicken, beef, salad options, but there's a lot more too - consider one of their tasty 'smears,' or perhaps a fried pigs ear, or something even more interesting
4) You actually get quite a bit for your money so rather than place your entire order at once, order an app or two, see how you feel, then order more.
5) the milk-braised pork shoulder is a MUST do - it is the most succulent pork item I've ever had. wow
6) some of the flavors are so intense that a few bite is all you need. They are amazing tastes that you dont want to miss - all the more reason to share. you don't want to miss
7) Bottom line - when I come back to Chicago, I would definitely come back to the P-Pig!

Visited May 2013
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“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Tried to go at dinner on our first night in Chicago and we were told there was a 2.5 hour wait. No reservations taken, so we went the next day early and were immediately seated. This is definitely a pork centric place but tried a couple of non pork dishes as well. We ordered the broccoli with roasted garlic, the olive oil poached tuna with lima beans, the pig ears with kale and a fried egg, and lastly the milk braised pork shoulder. Let me make it simple, all were delicious but the best was the pork shoulder, fork tender with a rich smokey flavor. With mashed potatos it was just a great bite. The pig ears were really good and mixed with the fried egg, crispy kale and pickled cherry peppers was also a great bite. The people around us ordered the bone marrow, which looked great, the pork secreto and waygu sirloin tip were great as well. Everyone was willing to share but we were already really full, no room for dessert.

Visited May 2013
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